About me

Patrice Denman a Painesville attorney, graduated from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, was admitted to the practice of law, and joined the firm of Alfred Denman Co., L.P.A. in 1989. Patrice was appointed as a Magistrate for the Lake County Domestic Relations Court serving from 1992 to 2003. Patrice has also served as a Domestic Relations Magistrate in Ashtabula County. In 2003, Patrice returned to private practice, focusing her efforts on family law. In a practice primarily comprised of Juvenile, Domestic Relations, Social Security Disability matters.  Patrice additionally handles Criminal, Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation cases. She has been appointed in hundreds of cases by the Lake County Juvenile Court and the Ashtabula County Juvenile and Common Pleas Courts, serving as a Guardian ad Litem or party’s counsel.

Patrice is a member of the Lake County and Ohio Bar Associations and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Northern District and the United States Supreme Court. Patrice has been married to her husband, Mark for 23 years and is the mother of three children, Alex, Jake and Nick.

In addition to more than a decade on the bench hearing family law matters, Patrice has been appointed by the Lake County and Ashtabula County Juvenile Courts in hundreds of cases. She has served as a Guardian ad Litem protecting the interests of children, and also as a mediator, assisting parents in resolving custody disputes.


Magistrate, Lake County Domestic Relations Court
March 1992 – December 31, 2002
Magistrate, Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court
July 1997 – December 1998

Magistrate Lake County Junenile Court 2008

Acting Judge Painesville Municipal Court (2008-continuing)


Bachelor of Business Administration, Kent State University, 1983
Juris Doctor, Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, 1989
Admitted to practice before the Courts of the State of Ohio, the Federal District Court and the United States Supreme Court.

Professional Organizations

Lake County Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Ohio Women’s Bar Association
Family Law Committee, Lake County Bar Association
Ohio Association of Domestic Relations Judges (former member)
Ohio Association of Magistrates (former member)

Community Involvement

Vice-President, Riverside Wrestling Club
Painesville Township Parent Teacher Organization
Riverside Football Club
Past Board Member, Child Care on the Square
Past Advisor, Lake Catholic Mock Trial Team
League of Women Voters
Former Cub Scouts Den Leader
Former Homeroom Mother